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Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at what's on offer. I really hope you enjoy all the authors and novels I feature, plus the blog tours, cover reveals, give-aways and book blitz's etc. I like to keep things fresh and fun, so you, my fabulous readers, enjoy your visits.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and marvellous 2012!

Cathrine x

Monday, 26 December 2011

Cats at Christmas!

Basil loves the Christmas tree so much, that he thinks it's a scratch post/climbing jungle just for him!


Trying the tree for size without decorations  














The second ascent to the top - through the branches

 He's in there, look for his paw...
   

 LOLCATS Merry Catmas!!! 
 














Perhaps I should call one of Basil's Books -

Basil and Kitty Claws Catmas Adventure


Until next time....

My New Website - Update

Good news, my new website www.cathrinegarnell.co.uk went live yesterday!

So that was a nice Christmas Surprise for me!

I am very happy with it all, and it's a place where you can see all of my books in one place, plus find out about 'Works in Progress' and a host of other things too.

Stop by if you get chance and let me know what you think, you can post your comments here...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

My Christmas Tree

My Christmas Tree for 2011

Decorated in hot pink, orange and white - it's just flipping gorgeous and I love it!

Enjoy - :)



Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to all my readers, many thanks for dropping by and checking out what's new on my blog, I really appreciate it.

I am looking forward to doing not a lot of anything over the next few days, and here in the UK the snow has sadly failed to materialise, so I am posting a picture of the snow last year for a little bit of festive ambiance!


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

Cathrine

Monday, 12 December 2011

And time for the weekly Cuteness

I think it's time that we had another weekly cuteness and this week Snowie is 'The One'

I am calling this montage

'Jungle Kitty'

Enjoy all the cuteness that is Snowie




Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Supernaturally by Kiersten White



Product Description Courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

When your world is paranormal, be glad that you’re human… the exciting sequel to bestselling PARANORMALCY. 

A lot has changed since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shapeshifter boyfriend, Lend. She's no longer occupied with bagging and tagging paranormals to be monitored at IPCA's headquarters. Instead, she spends her days at school like a normal teenager, eagerly awaiting the weekends when Lend comes home from college and trying not to be killed by overly enthusiastic soccer players in her gym class.
Evie's world, in fact, has become overwhelmingly normal. And Evie is shocked to realise that normal can be…kind of boring. Then Raquel appears, asking her to help out at IPCA again. As Evie dips back into her former life, she learns that things are changing in the world of paranormals, and never-before-seen supernatural creatures are popping up left and right. Evie also has to deal with IPCA's newest teenage recruit who has the power to open faerie doors and a nasty tendency to show up in Evie's room unannounced. But nothing prepares her for the reappearance of her faerie ex-boyfriend Reth, who hints that a battle is brewing in the faerie world.

And the prize they're fighting over? Evie's soul.
Oh, bleep. So much for normal.

*     *     *

I have just finished listening to the audio version of this novel and have to say that even though it is the second installment of the Paranormalcy Series, I didn't feel like I'd missed out on too much, due to the fact that the author kept the reader up to date with 'past snippets' along the way, so I wasn't lost at all.

Overall I really enjoyed the novel, it has lots of twists and turns along the way and with a bit of a 'who-done-it' vibe which is very nicely revealed in the last few pages, I won't reveal anymore as I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it yet.  I will certainly be reading more of Kiersten White's work in the future.

My personal rating for this novel is: READ IT - You'll really enjoy it - I did!

Until next time... when the subject will be 'Siren by Tricia Rayburn'
(I'm halfway through at the moment)

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

NanoWrimo Update...

Well I'm sad to say that NanoWrimo is officially a bust this year, but even so, I still got plenty done...  I remodelled my entire office, got two books on kindle, caught up with all my paperwork from when I was away in September and October, I finished four new paintings, and I have been working on my new website: www.cathrinegarnell.co.uk which will hopefully be live sometime in December, so all in all it wasn't too bad.  Besides there's always next year and I think with my excessive word count from last year ~ 105,000 words ~ it probably cancels out this year! (LOL I can wish!!!)

I am still working on the novel and should have a decent word count by Christmas, so I'll keep you posted on that.

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Weekly Cuteness

After a really crappy start to the week I thought it would be a good idea to post a picture of one the uber cute kitties.

So here's Amber being totally uber cute!

"Is it Friday yet?"


"Am I gorgeous or what?"


"LOL, I'm in Clover!"


Enjoy all that is Amber

Thursday, 17 November 2011

NanoWrimo Update....

Hi there, well I've managed to get to 5,500 words now on my novel, there are only 13 days left.... ah well, what will be, will be. 

So I am resigned to the fact that I might not get there, but hey ho, if I don't manage to get there this year, there's always next year with another novel.

However there still is time for a miracle in Wrimo Land! (fingers crossed)

Thanks for stopping by

Cathrine

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Vile Violeticia Update...

Vile Violeticia


You can now get your copy of Vile Violeticia from Amazon


Click the link below to get yours




Enjoy the story!





NanoWrimo Update....

It's day 10 of the NanoWrimo Challenge and after starting my 'new' novel I have now written a total of 3600 words... still many many more to go, however at least I'm travelling in the right direction.

It's not going to be easy, but then upon reflection I remembered that on day three of the challenge last year, my trial period of Microsoft Word expired and stopped working - OH JOY -  and I spent the next two days trying to get the software (I needed a 3 license for all my computers and there was no stock) To cut a long story short I got the software and it all turned out ok and my novel reached the dizzy heights of 105,000 (ish) words.

So, there is still hope for me yet that's my point, even though I started and then stalled horrendously and I may not be where I wanted to be or writing the novel I originally wanted to write, all is not lost.

And I'm keeping in mind there is always time for a miracle :)

Pray for that miracle!

Until next time... BFN

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Vile Violeticia

Vile Violeticia

Well, here's the cover. It's finished and it's totally FABULOUS!!!





I think the cover is amazing, and very soon the book will be available to BUY!!!

The Cover was created by Jason Whatever (Click to find out more)

And just in case you missed my earlier post:

My new book for 7 - 9 year olds ~ Vile Violeticia ~ is just having it's final tweak before it becomes available at the end of next month in Paperback and E-Book format. I have just seen the artwork for the cover it's really great. As soon as the artwork is finalised and I get a copy, I'll post it...

Here's a little taster of what's to come:

‘Vile Violeticia’ tells the story of Violeticia who is a particularly naughty little girl. She has a total disregard for authority and blatantly flouts the rules refusing to learn life's simple lessons.

Until one day payback come with a twist ~ Dreamtime Reality. A bump on the head sends Violeticia to a place she never knew existed and one, where she definitely doesn't want to be ~ the wretched Isle of Phantas Magorias.

Where the nightmares are real and there’s only one way out, learn to be good or else. The clock is ticking and time is running out, but not just for Violeticia.

She has choices to make, but will they be the right ones?

(you'll have to read it to find out)
***
This was a really fun book to write and I have another three in the works to complete the series (hopefully they will done next year):
The Horrendous Halloween
The Christmas Catastrophe
and finally
The Easter Eggsplosion
So watch this space for more news on the adventures of
Vile Violeticia!

Monday, 7 November 2011

NanoWrimo Update.....

I have officially scrapped my other novel (that is on hold for another day) and have chosen another one to write, fingers crossed this one won't be a non-starter like the other.   I have now decided on the following title for my challenge. 

I am now writing 'Dark Storm' and it begins like this...

It was a cold dark night, the rain lashed down with ferocious intent as the wind howled through the trembling forest.  The storm was coming fast, but that was not the only thing that was on its way...


So I must get back to it, as according to the NanoWrimo Stats I need to write 2000 words a day just to make the target of 50,000 words, therefore I really need to get my skates on and get going.

Wish me luck and here I go back into the depths of the NanoWrimo Realm!

See you on the other side ;) LOL

Friday, 4 November 2011

NanoWrimo Update....

Well after a really shaky and truly dreadful start with my Novel 'Ashes' and four days in to NanoWrimo, I'm still completely clueless, so I have decided that it doesn't want to be written right now and I'm moving on to a new one which I do have plot for and is all ready to go with an army of notes for back up... 

Wish me luck!!

I'll post the new title later...

Thursday, 3 November 2011

NanoWrimo Update....

Well, it's not quite going as planned.  It's day 3 and I'm only on 600 words - this is NOT good!!!

I feel like a mushroom.... completely in the dark and don't know where I'm going... any suggestions at this point would be very welcome, so if any of you have any idea's to get my word count and writing up to speed, shout up please! LOL

Ok, back to Wrimo Land...

Bye for now!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

NanoWrimo Update... Part Deux...

It worked, five and half minutes of staring at a blank page did it and 400-ish words later I'm on my way, even though I don't know the destination, or even the route yet.  (So basically I'm driving blind and totally clueless right now.)

The point is that I'm at least on the road and I'm travelling, I'm motoring, not at great speed, more of a 'Driving Miss Daisy' speed but there's time to get some momentum going tomorrow and increase the velocity!

Hallelujah and Praise whoever for small mercies... so back to the writing

NanoWrimo Update...

It's 8.43 pm and I sadly, still have not had that 'Eureka Moment!'  (Awwwww Hell!!! This is not the start I wanted!!!!)

So I am going to try a new angle, this is to sit and stare at a blank screen until the sheer whiteness of an empty page drives me to write something... anything, just to get going.

So here goes...

NanoWrimo is here!

National Novel Writing Month

(or NanoWrimo)


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Well it has finally arrived, the day that all us Nanowrimo's love.

The 1st of November hails the beginning of a month long challenge to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel in 30 days.

I am participating for the third year in a row, and I have to say right now at this present moment in time, I have absolutely no idea what my story is about - EEEEEEEK!

But I remain hopeful that by the time I leave work in a few short hours, I will have had that proverbial 'Eureka' moment and be well on my way to creating a new plot and the prose will flow...

My last two NanoWrimo novels were a comparative breeze and I am hoping that the third and final installment of this trilogy is going to be the same (ha ha ha... I should be so lucky!)

The first book is called ~ Storm ~ Final word count approx 67,500
The second book is called ~Tempest ~ Final Word Count approx 105,000
The third book is called ~ Flood ~ Word count right now = ZERO

I will keep you updated on my progress throughout the challenge and if you want to cheer me on, that would be really awesome :)

Or you could sign up and write your own novel... See you in Wrimo Land!


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Demon Trappers: Forbidden ~ Jana Oliver

The Demon Trappers: Forbidden  ~ Jana Oliver


Product Description From Amazon.co.uk

Riley’s beginning to think being a demon trapper isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her dad’s been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend’s gone all weird and she’s getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who’s seriously bad news. It’s tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that’s not an option.

Because the demons have plans for Riley.

And they’re not the only ones.

*     *     *

This is the third book in the Demon Trappers Series, while I did quite enjoy this book, it did take me quite a while to finish it.  I didn't like it as much as its predecessors, they seemed to be slightly more enjoyable.  The main character Riley is a likeable sort and she progresses well throughout the series and this book has some plot twists that, well quite frankly you never saw coming.  I don't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it, so I won't say anymore apart from try it, and enjoy the series.

My rating is 4 out of 5

Tom Holt ~ The Portable Door

Tom Holt ~ The Portable Door


Product Description From Amazon.co.uk

Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of H.W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins. Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece.
*     *    *
This is the second Tom Holt book I've read and as with the first, I really enjoyed it.  The author writes with great wit and his characters are very funny, I was laughing my socks off at some of the scenario's he put his main character into - the poor sap!  So if you want some twisted humour and a rip roaring read try this.
I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 and look forward to reading more of the wacky humour that is Tom Holt.

Tom Holt ~ Barking

Barking ~ By Tom Holt



Product Description From Amazon.co.uk

Monsters are roaming the streets of London. Of course, some monsters are scarier than others: Unicorns? No bother. Vampires? Big deal. Werewolves? Ho hum. Lawyers? ...Aaargh! Duncan's boss doesn't think that he's cut out to be a lawyer. He isn't a pack animal. He lacks the killer instinct. But when his best friend from school barges his way back into Duncan's life, with a full supporting cast of lawyers, ex-wives, zombies and snow-white unicorns, it's not long before things become distinctly unsettling. Hairy, even.
 
*     *     *
 
I really really enjoyed this book, it was laugh out loud in places.  This is the first Tom Holt novel I have read and I will certainly be reading more in the future.  The authors humour is very dry, which appeals immensely to me and his writing style is very easy and fast to read.   The plot itself lures you into the story very quickly and you find yourself immersed in a world of corporate law and werewolves, which is a totally hilarious combination.
 
All in all I give this novel 4.5 out of 5  and have to say it's a highly entertaining and amusing read.
 
 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me by Amy Plum



I finished listening to the audio version of this Monday evening available from www.audible.co.uk

So here's what I thought, the narrator did a very good job of bringing the book to life, and it was very easy to listen to. The plot itself is nothing new within the YA PNR genre, the 'Revenants' are however new, a combination of Zombie crossed with Guardian Angel which is a nice take instead of the usual one or the other scenario. 

But back to the story, I know if I didn't write this review now,  while the book  is still fresh in my mind, I could quite easily forget about it in a few days. The actual story is set in Paris, the author is obviously very knowledgeable about the city and having been there more than a few times myself, I really felt a sense of presence so that was a very nice aspect to the overall book.

The characters are ok, the lead female Kate is likable without being too annoying.  The lead male, Vincent was a bit too perfect and I got a bit sick of listening to how perfect he was -  which started to grate on me, no-one is that perfect or self depreciating, I felt that he sounded too good to be true, however that just may be my take.

The plot rattles along at a fair pace, however there are a few scenarios which were flawed and unreal, especially since the main characters traits had already been put in place and then these highly unlikely scenes cropped up, which if you were the picky type, you would need a lot more convincing that they were actually plausible. I won't go into any detail as I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it.

The ending had a few twists and turns, which kept it interesting.  The overall content of the story was enjoyable, and I am pleased to have experienced it, but like I said earlier, it's not a book that will stay in my mind for the long term.  I would recommend it as a 'rainy day book' - something to read when there's nothing else to do.

My rating for this novel is a 3.75 out of 5

Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling

Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling



 I finished reading this book on Saturday, it is the second in the series following 'Finding Sky'

While I did quite enjoy reading this, it is not a proper sequel per se, as it introduces a new lead character - Phoenix.  Sky doesn't appear until later in the book,  however the story follows a very similar pattern to the first, an English girl meets American boy, they both have Savant powers, they don't like each other at first but then that changes.  So nothing new or ground breaking in the plot, just a loosely written rehash of the first book with a UK setting instead of an American one and a different Benedict brother as the main male character.  

The story goes at a good pace and it's easy to read, but if you look too closely, the similarities to the first book will start to annoy you, however if you don't take it too seriously it's an ok read.  If you are looking for a sequel that follows Sky and Zed you will be disappointed as this is not case, I felt a bit cheated, as that was what I was hoping for. 

Perhaps Joss Stirling will provide that if there is a third book in the series, so I won't say anymore on the matter until then.  Let's hope that if there is another book it will deliver what the reader is expecting - the original lead characters... but if not, then I won't be buying any more from this author.

My overall reading experience rating is a 3 out of 5.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Passion ~ A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate



Passion ~ A Fallen Novel (Book 3) by Lauren Kate




Firstly before I jump into this, I'd like to say that I was so looking forward to this third book in the Fallen Series. I began listening to with such high expectations and as it progressed I just felt sad that it didn't live up to its predecessors in any way, shape or form.

These are my thoughts after it ended:

I've just finished listening to this audio book and think that it should have been titled 'Damp Drawn-Out Squib'   I really hate to have to put a downer on it, but there's nothing else I can say. The first two books in the series were very good, well-paced with a good plot, this however was a painful, slow, very repetitive waste of time.

In fact you could jump from book two to four 'Rapture' (when it's released) and not have missed a thing. It was as if the author was just trying to stretch the series out with a 'filler' book and sadly it just doesn't deliver. I was very disappointed as the main character Luce becomes even more whinging, whiny and seriously annoying (She was marginally annoying in Books one and two, but it could be overlooked due to other engaging aspects in the story). The plot holes in this book were just too obvious to let go of, and the progression of the story became flawed and pained, like a long drawn out tooth extraction with no anaesthetic.

I think it was desperate attempt to create something just for the sake of creating something, this really backfired in my opinion. Plus the fact, that when writing about time travel, you need to have made certain that everything is worked out well in advance, especially if it's a later book in a series, as now the first two books also looked flawed, as there are certain elements that would have shown up in book one and book two, so this addition is an obvious afterthought, and the fact that none of the previous questions get answered make it even more of an exasperating waste of time and money.

So save your sanity and your time by jumping forward in time from Book Two to Book Four....

My rating for this book is a 2 out of 5 and I am being kind at that.  



Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Vile Violeticia

My new book for 7 - 9 year olds ~ Vile Violeticia  ~ is just having it's final tweak before it becomes available at the end of next month in Paperback and E-Book format.  I have just seen the artwork for the cover it's really great.  As soon as the artwork is finalised and I get a copy, I'll post it...

Here's a little taster of what's to come:

‘Vile Violeticia’   tells the story of Violeticia who is a particularly naughty little girl. She has a total disregard for authority and blatantly flouts the rules refusing to learn life's simple lessons.

Until one day payback come with a twist ~ Dreamtime Reality. A bump on the head sends Violeticia to a place she never knew existed and one, where she definitely doesn't want to be ~ the wretched Isle of Phantas Magorias.

Where the nightmares are real and there’s only one way out, learn to be good or else. The clock is ticking and time is running out, but not just for Violeticia.

She has choices to make, but will they be the right ones?

(you'll have to read it to find out)


***


This was a really fun book to write and I have another three in the works to complete the series (hopefully they will done next year):

The Horrendous Halloween

The Christmas Catastrophe

and finally

The Easter Eggsplosion



So watch this space for more news on the adventures of

Vile Violeticia!






Sunday, 4 September 2011

Mews Flash ~ Amber and Basil Win

So Here's The Scoop

Clawless Mews Flash
We Have a Winner for the Week!
You voted and it's a tie!

Your choice for Favorite CLAWLESS Stars are Amber and Basil!
Congratulations!!

 

CLAWLESS Six Month Celebrity Celebration






To Buy The Book - Click the picture below 


Friday, 2 September 2011

Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast

I mentioned Awakened in an earlier post, and now I've finished it, so here's my thoughts:




After a slow start, I began to think that this book - the eighth in the series - was beginning to lose it flavour, but halfway in it started to pick up and became what I hoped it would be.   The previous seven books have all been most enjoyable, as I started this I was feeling quite dissapointed in the story and where the characters were going.  This was redeemed around the halfway point where the story began to zip forward at a lightning pace, just like its predecessors. So it ended up being a good read after a shaky start.  I'm giving it overall -
 four out of five star rating.

I said in my earlier post (a comment) that maybe the HoN series was getting to place where it needed to end, but where Awakened finishes it leaves it open for a whole new saga, which I am pleased about because it's quite rare to find a series that last longer than three or four books.

So in my humble opinion, P.C. and Kristin Cast keep doing what you're doing and give us more HoN and many thanks for writing a really great series.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Weekly Cuteness - Meet Snowie


I thought as Basil and Amber have been introduced, it was time Snowie had a post of her own. 

So here she is, Her Royal Whiteness ~ Miss Snowpie






She is precisely 12 years, 1 month and 6 days old today
Snowie is another rescue cat, like Amber and Basil
She likes chicken treats and lots of catnip
She is also excellent at vanishing into thin air, one second she will be right next to you, blink and she's gone, blink again and she's a 100 metres away in plain sight.  Personally I think she has discovered the secret of Trans-dimensional doorways, but that's a topic for another day, unless you would like to discuss it more here :)

So please enjoy the Weekly Cuteness that is Snowie




Monday, 29 August 2011

What's new on the reading list?

Last week I went a bit mad on the book front.  I ordered:


The Demon Trappers: Forbidden by Jana Oliver



I've read the first in the series - Forsaken and really enjoyed it, and rate it 4.5 out of 5.  So this one is high priority to find out what happens next.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This author is new to me, I read a couple of great reviews on the BookChowDown Blog and I thought I'd give it a whirl, so I'll let you know my verdict as soon as its been read.
 
Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling



This is also the 2nd installment in the series by Joss Stirling. The first book - Finding Sky - was enjoyable, sometimes slightly irritating but overall I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 

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And then I downloaded three audio books from - Audible: (Sometimes it's just nice just to listen...) The three authors below I have never read or listened to anything by them before, so I'll let you know what I think in due course.

 
Die for Me by Amy Plum



 

Supernaturally by Kiersten White





Vampire Academy Book 1 by Richelle Mead





Happy reading or listening to you all and if anyone has read any of these books and wants to leave a comment ~ feel free to do so






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